Thursday, October 30, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Portland Employment Guide Featured On KGW

If you watched the news last night on KGW channel 8 in Portland, you might have notice the piece on the Employment Guide. If you missed it here it is. Joe Smith and channel 8 were out at the job fair yesterday doing a story on job fairs and the unemployment rate. KGW was nice enough to even provide a newslink to our website.

The job fair was a success with great attendance from both job seekers and employers. Thanks for all those who attended and especially a big thanks to KGW on a job well done. Portland let us know if saw the piece and tell us what you thought.

Portland Job Fair Video

Here is a clip of the Portland Job Fair from October 28th.

Portland let us know what you thought of the job fair and if you have any pictures or video, please share them in the comments below.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Portland Employment Guide October 27th - November 3rd

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Portland Job Fair Is Coming!

With the Portland Job Fair coming up on October 28th, I thought we would take a look at job fair related material. Coming to a job fair can be intimidating to some and to others it is just another day on the job search front.

Either way, it's something we have all experienced. Take a look at this website for tips on job fair success or see our version from the Veteran's Transition Guide to the right of the blog. Quintessential Careers is a website that takes a look at job fair resources and has multiple links to help prepare for job fairs.

Employment Expo has more details on the Portland Job Fair including other job fairs that are going on in the Northwest. It has a list of clients that will be on hand at the job fair. So for those of you who are interested in who is going to be there you can better prepare.

So if you're in the Portland area, click here for more details on the job fair on October 28th from 10am-3pm. Let us know if you are coming to the job fair in the comments section below. Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Portland Employment Guide October 20th-27th

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Banking Industry and The Delay of Retirement

With the pendulum that is our economy, lets take a look at the banking industry this week. George Bush just announced a $250 billion plan for the government to buy shares in banks in hopes of turning around the financial market. The money will be used in recapitolizing nine of the nation's major banks. This has given encouragement to investors, which saw a historic 936 point jump on the Dow Jones industrial average.

This plan comes in just after the announcement of the sale of Wachovia and Washington Mutual. The selling of Wachovia to Wells Fargo probably will not hurt the Portland area as much as the selling of WaMu to JPMorgan Chase. Washington Mutual is a Seattle based company and probably had quite a few people still banking with them. Wells Fargo, another Northwest based bank out of San Francisco has stayed steady during rocky times and never got too wild. So for those of you trying to decide on what bank to invest your money in, you should definitely choose one that is very steady in today's economy.

The financial crisis has also effected those looking to retire earlier. Pensions in the last 15 months have lost an estimated $2 trillion. Those who nearing retirement are realizing that they must work longer just to afford retiring. A new AARP study shows that 1 in 5 workers over the age of 45 have stopped putting money into their 401(k), IRA, and other retirement savings accounts in the past year. Also it shows that 1 in 4 are working longer hours. Wiser Worker has weighed in on this and determined the value of $2 trillion. With the necessity of staying in the workforce longer, here is where you can do your part.

So what do you think Portland about what is going on in the banking industry? Or the prolonged retirement for those that have been ready to retire, but just can't? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Portland Employment Guide October 13th-20th

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

National Customer Service Week October 4th-10th

This week starting October 4th through the 10th is National Customer Service Week. George Bush Sr. and the US Congress brought the international event to the US in 1992 to recognize the importance of customer service and to honor those on the front line of the service industry. For the last 16 years it has been recognized during this week. Take a look at the companies that recognize Customer Service Week.

This years slogan is definitely a good way to approach customer service: One Team One Goal. This is a totally simplified thought on coming together and working towards achieving one goal with customer service. Check out some of the activities you can do that are built around the theme One Team One Goal.

Check out a list of how you and your office can celebrate Customer Service week. These are fun filled activities that you can incorporate into your daily routine this week. These do not even have to just be this week, but can be viewed as good team building functions moving forward.

The Employment Guide and Wiser Worker are ready to celebrate this week. Also take a look at the Customer Service Week website, they definitely knew what colors to pick for their website. Take a look at the latest Customer Service Positions in Portland by clicking here.

To all of those in the Customer Service industry in Portland and the Northwest, we thank you for your hard work!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Portland Employment Guide October 6th-13th

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